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26 November 2004
Daily Record
FISH TYCOON NETS AWARD

A BUSINESSMAN who oversaw a firm's rise in sales from 1million to 87million has been named Scotland's tycoon of the year.

Bill Hazeldean led a management buyout of a seafood processing plant which saw the company increase their workforce from 40 to 1300 in a decade.

Last night, Hazeldean was honoured at a gala dinner in Glasgow held by the Entrepreneurial Exchange, a business support body.

The dinner was attended by 700 of the country's top movers and shakers. The Exchange said Hazeldean was the standout candidate for their highest accolade.

Earlier this year, Hazeldean, 53, pocketed several million pounds when his Macrae Food Group were sold to Young's Bluecrest in a 40million deal.

At the time, Macrae was the largest UK producer of ready-to-eat seafood and supplied all the major supermarkets.

The company were formed in 1994 when Hazeldean - by profession an accountant - led a management buyout of Foodmark's factory in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire.

 



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